Battenkill Valley Blog

World's Most Beautiful Foliage?

As you know by now, the Battenkill Valley is chock filled with interesting and fun things to do.  Often, many of the activities in this valley just aren't that commonly found outside of it.  And they are just as often happening on backroads, off the beaten paths as they say.  That's why you read this space (and should be telling your friends to!).  This time out, the "fun thing to do" isn't an exclusive and you don't need to follow the backroads to find it...BUT...

Leaf peeping is everywhere, I know.  Many people go to Vermont to see the fall foliage.  I understand.  But Vermont's hills don't have as many conifers mixed in with the maples, oaks, aspens, beeches and birches as the Battenkill Valley does.  And, as Yogi Berra famously said "nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."  So what you want to do is get yourself lost on the back roads of the Battenkill Valley - on lanes like this one - and see a photo op around every bend.  Smell the wood smoke from the stove fires burning.  Breathe the air, so crisp it practically snaps into your lungs.  Be different.  Take the road less traveled.  Explore.  Now is the time to discover what at least one writer believes is the most beautiful foliage in the world, right out your back door. 

See you on the trail.

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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